England vs South Africa 1st Test, Day 3

Kristopher Drake
July 9, 2017

Moeen made his debut in 2014 and has reached the double milestone in 38 Tests - four fewer than Sir Ian Botham needed.

Bavuma was unbeaten on 48 and South Africa trailed by 244 runs on 214-5, facing an important morning's play on Saturday against the new ball.

South Africa were left ruing several missed opportunities on day one, and soon had an extra one for the collection.

Alastair Cook scored his 54th half-century as England extended their lead over South Africa to 216 on day three of the first Test, at Lord's.

There was no reprieve when the 26-year-old Yorkshireman was caught behind off fast bowler Morne Morkel - denied a wicket Thursday by a no-ball - as he fell just 10 runs shy of his second Test double hundred at Lord's. Two deliveries later, Morkel had Liam Dawson lbw for a duck. Vernon Philander wanted a review for lbw with Stuart Broad on four.

"Ben played his natural game from ball one - he has such a presence at the crease that he can intimidate bowlers at times and today he was really strong in his footwork and made it hard for them to hold their lines".

Broad continued to ride his luck, edging through the slip cordon on two occasions and watching a skied pull shot land safe.


Philander was last out after reducing the lead to under 100 but was unable to bowl when England batted again.

Broad's crowd-pleasing turn was a 45-ball 50 which he completed with successive pulled sixes off Morkel to add to his seven fours as he and James Anderson compounded South Africa's frustrations in an entertaining 10th-wicket stand of 45 from just 27 deliveries.

Where Broad had shown enterprise with the bat, he displayed flawless control with the ball.

When Broad got a ball to jag back off the seam and trap JP Duminy leg before for 15, the South Africans were really up against it, only for Bavuma and De Bruyn to briefly steady the innings.

Top-order batting is set to be a key area, with Hashim Amla - who made South Africa's record Test score of 311 not out at The Oval in 2012 - a central figure. Now, only Amla remains.

The Nottinghamshire bowler harked back to yesteryear where he was more than capable with the bat, playing his part in a 46-run eighth wicket partnership with Ali before the all-rounder was bowled by Kagiso Rabada 13 short of his first Test hundred at the home of cricket.

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